Saturday, December 20, 2008

Bowling at the Trop

You are looking live at Tropicana Field! Welcome to the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl.

Last time we were inside this building was for Game 2 of the World Series. It feels a lot like that night only without the sold-out stadium, the atmosphere and the excitement.

The South Florida Bulls are having their way with the Memphis Tigers, and the crowd that is decidedly USF is loving it.

Why not? The Bulls could use a feel-good game to end a not-so-feel-good season.
The Trop looks a bit different for football.

The infield dirt has been covered with FieldTurf making for an all-FieldTurf playing field.

Tickets were sold for only three sides of the football field. Left field is completely empty.

Fans form a horseshoe around the field, and since this is a bowl game, the seating area is split.

It’s supposed to be one half South Florida, one half Memphis.

But a lot of Tiger fans stayed home, opting for the big hoops game tonight between Memphis and Syracuse.

The blue-clad Tiger fans are sitting between home plate and first base, which is behind the USF sideline.

That means the home team, the Bulls, are backed by fans of the visitors.

For those who are familiar with Rays games inside the Trop, it seems a bit odd to see visiting fans behind the Rays dugout and fans of the home team sitting behind the visitor’s dugout.

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